I have always been infatuated with sunglasses. Having grown up (and continue to be) chubby,
a pair of sunglasses added a bit of edge to my otherwise characterless face.
Of course, with age came a magnificent beard but more on that some other time. Back in the day when I was in College, my staples were Killer Loop sunglasses. They made some mean shades and I remember riding my bike with the wind in my long hair (yes, this was much before John Abraham did Dhoom) and feeling like a total stud. Needless to say, I had to earn them with good grades or had to wait it out till my birthday or Christmas.
Alas, I grew older and therefore a little wiser with my receding hairline and decided to be the man that I had aged into. That is when better sense prevailed and I developed my love for the quintessential and iconic Ray-Ban Aviators. Any man, worth his manliness in salt, should own one in my opinion.
Vest h&m Denim Shirt Giordano Khaki Hunters Jack Jones Logger Boots Jack Jones Watch G Shock (its the first one they made, a retro design) Steel n Carbon Fiber ring – Peora Leather Backpack – Hidesign
Photography by : Sojourner and Kapil Shingada
Aviators were originally developed in 1936 by Ray-Ban for pilots to protect their eyes while flying. Aviators were given their name due to their original intention of protecting aviator‘s eyes. Ray-Ban began selling the glasses to the public a year after they were developed. The Aviator became a well-known style of sunglasses when General Douglas MacArthur landed on the beach in the Philippines in World War II. Newspaper photographers snapped several pictures of him wearing them.
Their popularity increased when celebrities like Tom Cruise wore them in Top Gun and Sly Stallone featuring them in Cobra. As a matter of fact, IAF Pilots are issued Ray-Bans as part of their uniform. Locally, apart from various celebrities sporting them every day, you need to look no further from our very own muscle man, Salman Khan, who sported them all over Dabangg. In fact, almost every character in that movie, including the drunken bum (Wayfarer Specs) sported Ray-Ban frames (if only India’s GDP was that good). Then there is John Abraham in Madras Café looking every bit the bad-ass.
(Hint: If you want to get them real cheap, head to a nearby Army Canteen if you are lucky enough to have friends/relatives with passes).
I know I will never stop wearing them and perhaps would only pit them against Randolph Engineering Aviators (sported frequently by Johnny Depp) followed by Oliver People’s Victory frames. The best part is, they come in 3 frame sizes and you can find one that sits well on your mug!
Go out there, be a man, get yourselves some RayBan Aviators!
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